Cricket World Cup History: Combined XI featuring Asian players
Kapil Dev's team created history as India became the first Asian side to lift the World Cup in 1983. Under Imran Khan's captaincy, Pakistan won the World Cup in 1992 and Sri Lanka shocked the entire world by winning the World Cup in 1996.
Over the years, Asia has produced some fantastic cricketers who have dominated cricket for a long time. The World Cup is, undoubtedly, the most prestigious event in the sport that brings out the best in every player.
With the ICC World Cup kicking off soon, we have a look at the greatest Asian World Cup XI from the past 10 editions of the tournament.
#1 Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is only the second player to have participated in 6 World Cups, with the only other player being Javed Miandad. With 2278 runs to his name in 45 matches, the Little Master is the highest run getter in World Cup history. The maestro has scored 6 centuries in World Cups, a record for the most by any batsman.
Tendulkar has played a number of magnificent innings in World Cups. His 98 against Pakistan when he took on the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar remains a memorable innings. Despite India losing the final against Australia, Tendulkar was adjudged Man of the Tournament in the 2003 World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar's World Cup dream was finally fulfilled in 2011 when India lifted the trophy after 28 long years. He ended the tournament as the second highest run scorer with 482 runs in 9 matches.